Hyundai recalls 77,000 Kona Electric due to mysterious fires

This is what they say about the situation in Norway.

Earlier in October, it was announced that Hyundai plans to recall more than 25,000 cars in South Korea as a result of fire risk with the Kona Electric model.

Sources claim to Yonhap News that Hyundai is now considering recalling 77,000 cars worldwide. The relevant copies must be produced between September 2017 and March 2020.

16 reported fires

The recall occurs because in several cases there have been fires in Kona Electric cars in various parts of the world, including Canada, Austria and South Korea. The fire in Canada is also said to have caused an explosion, which caused a garage door to fly several meters through the air. Hyundai is still investigating this incident.

According to Yonhap, a total of around 16 Kona EV fires have been reported around the world.

The process of recalling the more than 25,000 cars in South Korea will begin next Friday. It is expected that the global recall will take place shortly.

Do not agree on cause of fire

The cause of the fires has not yet been determined with 100 percent certainty. According to South Korean authorities, Kona Electric has increased its fire risk due to a fault in batteriseparatoren.

However, LG Chem, which supplies the batteries for the Kona EV cars, denies that such a fault exists. LG states that they are cooperating with Hyundai to get to the bottom of the matter.

Uncertain whether Norwegian owners will be affected

Currently, no Kona EV cars in Norway are affected by the recall, says Øyvind Knudsen, Product and PR manager at Hyundai Motor Norway.

– As of now, the recall applies to South Korea. The company is now conducting research, and is also working to find out how this may affect cars with European specifications. We are confident that the necessary steps will be taken and that this is well taken care of from our head office in Seoul, Knudsen writes in an SMS.



Want to recharge Hyundai Ioniq’s electric power at home, at least 2,200 VA

JAKARTA, – Cars with electric technology provide a variety of conveniences for its users, such as charging (charge) which can be done at home like an electronic device.

This makes the effectiveness of using daily time better because users do not have to always stop by a public charging station when the available power in the car is low, as in conventional vehicles.

As an illustration, a car is used everyday to go from home to office until the afternoon. When returning home (afternoon / evening), the car is plugged into the electricity until morning again or the car wants to be used to work.

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“Then if the power is not fully charged, the car can be recharged again at the available office parking lot. So you don’t have to go to SPKLU,” said Bayu Ardi, Assistant Manager of Fleet & GSO PT. Hyundai Motors Indonesia to recently.

However, there are several things that should be considered when charging electric car at the residence. One of them is the wattage capacity that must be sufficient.

In the case of Hyundai Ioniq Electric, the manufacturer recommends the minimum electrical power in the home is 2,200 VA. The reason is that the power line is stable even though various household appliances are turned on simultaneously, such as water pumps, air conditioners, and refrigerators.

“But if 1,300 VA maybe still can, but on portable charger Ioniq must be set to 8A before plugging it into the car. We have not recommended 450 kVa – 900 kV, “said Bayu.

Also read: [VIDEO] Try the Cheapest Electric Car, the Hyundai Ioniq

Portable charging Hyundai Portable charging Hyundai Ioniq

Portable charger is a device that becomes an integral part of this type of car. So, when buying a pure electric car or plug-in hybrid, the manufacturer will automatically provide it.

Here’s how to use it portable charger Ioniq:

1. Install the home outlet first,
2. Then the ICCB (white box between the cables) will light up,
3. Make sure if it does not flash red,
4. After turning on normally, on the back side there is a black button for setting the current from 8A – 10A – 12A by pressing it for 3 seconds,
5. If it is turned on at 8A, then you can plug the charger head into the car,
6. The unit will start charging.

“If you are left sleeping, don’t worry because if the battery is 100 percent, the car will automatically cut off the electricity,” said Bayu.

“Then if the electric current needed is insufficient, it won’t be snapped. But the electric current flowing into the car will be stopped until the required power is sufficient again. Safe,” he continued.

Also read: Cheap, Hyundai Ioniq Electric Battery Charging Only Rp. 50,000

Illustration of the Hyundai Ioniq electric car charge Illustration of the Hyundai Ioniq electric car charge process

To take off portable charger when not 100 percent, the owner should press the door unlock button on the driver’s side. Then within 15 seconds, immediately pull the charger head from the car to stop charging.

As for the time it takes to charge Ioniq from 0-100 percent through portable charger is 17 hours 30 minutes. Based on’s experience, within 6 hours the battery is only charged from 25 percent – 75 percent.

“Charging from 80-100 percent does slow down a little so that the battery is in prime condition. It’s the same if it’s charging through fast charging, “said Bayu again.


Hyundai Sonata N-Line 2021: The sports sedan, ready

These are the first official images of the N Line version of the Sonata, of which Hyundai has presented a preview before its official debut next October, which shows its design both exterior and interior.

Body with character

Made on the basis of the recently presented Sonata 2021, it promises more radical experiences at the wheel although the brand has not yet confirmed its technical characteristics, although it is speculated that it is based on a 2.5 turbo gasoline engine with a power that could reach 290 hp.


As is usual when it comes to a sports version, the aesthetic includes some details with more character as pointed out by SangYup Lee, director of the Hyundai Global Design Center. “The Sonata N Line 2021 will attract more customers to both the strong Sonata line and our increasingly popular submarca N Line. Sonata N Line will appeal to customers who want sporty style in a sedan package. “

hyundai sonata n line


Based on the ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ design identity From Hyundai’s, Sonata N Line’s exterior styling is characterized by being bold and athletic. N Line design elements are scattered throughout the vehicle. They start with a cascading grille, coupled with a redesigned front end, three air intakes and the N Line emblem.

hyundai sonata n line


The side skirts and 19 inch alloy wheels of the Sonata N Line provide an aggressive image that gives the car a more dynamic image. Dynamic side styling carries over to the rear, where a sleek black lower bumper, two dual exhausts and an N Line rear diffuser complete the lineup on this. sports sedan.

hyundai sonata n line


The interior design reinforces the dynamic feel of the exterior with a high-tech touch that makes the interior of this version is as elegant as the exterior. Dark chrome trim, red N Line stitching on the steering wheel and sports seats complete a finish based on a more racing performance.

hyundai sonata n line


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The Hyundai Tucson was renewed and its design ignited the controversy: is it going or not going?

The fourth generation of the Hyundai Tucson surprised with a controversial design (Photo: Hyundai).

The new generation of Hyundai Tucson It was shown for the first time and in addition to many interior changes, it attracted attention for its new exterior, completely different from the style it was wearing and which aroused voices both for and against.

In the official images you can see its lines, with a front that includes daytime running lights that are visually part of the front grill, which is large in size and houses the brand’s logo in the center.

The model would arrive in Argentina in 2021.
The model would arrive in Argentina in 2021.

In profile, the shapes and volumes of surfaces chosen by the Korean firm are surprising, which is especially noticeable in the fenders and the upper area of ​​the doors.

This fourth generation of the model is expected to reach the Argentina during the second half of 2021.

In profile you can see the volumes and lateral shapes.
In profile you can see the volumes and lateral shapes.

With 4.5 meters long, is offered with 17, 18 or 19-inch wheels, as well as two different types of suspensions, one of them more sporty. Also the shock absorbers can be of variable hardness.

In Europe The new Tucson will be sold with gasoline, diesel, mild hybridization (48v), non-plug-in and plug-in hybrid options. Powers range from 116 to 265 horsepower.

In Europe it will have conventional and electrified versions.
In Europe it will have conventional and electrified versions.

Traction can be simple or integral to all four wheels, and the six-speed manual gearboxes and the six or seven-speed automatic gearboxes.

At interior there are multiple displays, including one for the digital instrumentation behind the wheel. In addition, it offers a central airbag between the seats, and various driving aids such as autonomous emergency braking and lane keeping.

It is 4.5 meters long, so it is in the mid-size SUV segment.
It is 4.5 meters long, so it is in the mid-size SUV segment.
Interior with multiple screens to handle different commands.
Interior with multiple screens to handle different commands.


Used Hyundai Tucson (2015 to 2020): Surprisingly good buy

The current tucson has been in production since 2015, when it replaced the previous ix35 model, which, however, was so called only in some markets. In Europe, the model returns to the generation from 2004 to 2010.

Korean carmakers have always excelled in the production of SUVs and crossovers. While some earlier models were more off-road (Kia Sorento 1st generation, Hyundai Terracan), others can be included in the classic SUV category. This also includes the traditional Tucson model, which is intended for those who find the larger Santa Fe too expensive or just just big.

The reviewed generation was launched in 2015, with 1.6 GDI petrol engines, or in a supercharged T-GDI version. Both as representatives of the Gamma series. From the beginning, the supercharged version is available not only with a six-speed manual transmission, but also a seven-speed automatic with a pair of clutches.

Dieseles, represented by two rows of aggregates, are more in demand in the Tucson. The smaller 1.7 CRDi, which was replaced by the 1.6 CRDi as part of the modernization in 2018, are representatives of the U series. The larger two-liter, offered in two power versions with 100 kW and 136 kW, respectively, are R-series engines. with all-wheel drive. This is solved by an electrohydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch. So similar to the well-known Haldex coupling. Surprisingly, the manufacturer does not specify an oil change in the service plan. But there are no major problems with Tucson all-wheel drive, so we would certainly not be afraid of the 4WD version.

Diesel engines deserve more attention. Not that they were capricious, quite the contrary. Nevertheless, there have been some problems with them in the past. In the first place, we must mention the larger dispersion of used common-rail injectors. Some versions use a reliable Bosch solenoid, others a more advanced but more delicate piezo crystal solution. And it can betray you without warning you. The cause is static electricity, which can irreversibly damage the piezo cell inside the injector.

Auto Tip 19/2020

Auto Tip 19/2020

The 2.0 CRDi engine from the R series is considered to be more successful than the smaller seventeen-engineer from the U series. It is also ensured by a cassette with balancing shafts. It is inserted into the oil sump, similar to the older generation of some versions of the VW 2.0 TDI engine. In the first cars produced, the lids of the “balancers” fell out, which subsequently clogged the suction basket of the oil pump. Before the driver could react, the engine jammed. Today, however, this problem should be solved for used Tucsons. The diesels also face an occasionally stuck EGR valve that can immobilize you. However, this is not a purely fundamental problem. Rather more random in nature.

The exemplary dimensioned timing drive, which uses a pair of chains, deserves praise for both diesels and is powered by a high-pressure common-rail pump. For R-Series engines, the lower chain is even double or duplex.

We can also consider the wheel suspension to be durable. Regardless of the rear-wheel drive version, the Tucson always has a four-link axle. Perhaps the only undersized place in the chassis are the front brake discs, which curl quickly and the steering wheel vibrates when you brake. Quality mass production will cost about 3,700 crowns for one.

So far, the current Tucson is showing in an excellent light. During the search for technical or convening events that took place on this car in the past, we were surprised by the failing secondary latch of the bonnet lock, a popular safety hook. An convening event was even announced, and if the latch fails, the bonnet may open spontaneously while driving. And so, in the worst case, result in an accident. In total, this problem affected 14,775 cars.


1.6 GDI / T-GDI / 97/130 kW: The non-supercharged petrol engine is weak on a Tucson car. It is much better to look for a supercharged version. Not only does it run much better, but it also doesn’t require more fuel than an atmospheric engine. However, direct injection means occasional refueling of gasoline with a higher octane number, say 98 and more.

1.6 CRDi / 1.7 CRDi / 85/100/104 kW: The larger 1.7 CRDi engine was offered for modernization in 2018, when it was replaced by a 0.1 liter smaller unit, but with similar performance parameters. In addition, both four-cylinder are representatives of the U series. They pay for reliable, durable, but they do not have a larger two-liter.

2.0 CRDi / 100/136 kW: The best engine for a tucson. Quiet, durable, and most importantly offering completely sovereign dynamics. Since 2018, this unit has also been connected to the mild hybrid system, ie to the reverse alternator in the role of a 48-volt current generator and motor starter. The unit is complemented by a lithium ion battery located at the rear.

Spare parts for Hyundai Tucson 2.0 CRDi 4WD 6M
ATE front brake disc 3714 CZK
Ferodo front brake pads 2021 CZK
lower arm of the front axle 3449 CZK
lower arm pin 1030 CZK
windshield green with a blue stripe 9510 CZK
Prices represent selected components in the aftermarket


100,000 km test: As part of a long-term test, the Auto Bild editorial staff tested version 2.0 CRDi (135 kW) with all-wheel drive and automatic transmission. And the result? Premature worn brakes and, at the end, occasional problems with the transmission.

Electronics: The rich equipment of the car can be a problem. When buying, we definitely recommend trying everything that leads, popularly speaking, wires. As well as heating, air conditioning or setting the direction of the flowing air.

Corrosion protection: Even due to its very young age, Tucson resists corrosion very well so far. Korean cars have generally not excelled so much in this in the past.

Bonnet: Early units of the car struggled with a failing secondary bonnet lock latch. In the extreme, it could even open while driving. Convening actions solved the problem.

Used prices according to Eurotax
2015 1.6 GDI / 97 kW 68 000 km CZK 359,900
2016 2.0 CRDi / 135 kW 118 000 km CZK 459,000
2017 1.7 CRDi / 85 kW 72 000 km CZK 409,000

Jindřich Topol, regional purchasing manager of AAA Auto: Hyundai Tucson

While the previous design, called ix35, was slightly less popular in bazaars than sister ones Kia Sportage, the situation is the opposite for the successor tucson. As a second-hand car, tucson is in high demand and has been very high on the shopping list of large retailers since it began to appear on the bazaar market. The prices of the oldest, almost five-year-old pieces have already started to fall below 400,000, but the decline in value is surprisingly gradual, which one would not have guessed at this brand a few years ago. The cheapest pieces under the hood usually have a basic diesel one-seven, diesel versions are, with the exception of the top two-liter with 136 kilowatts, generally cheaper than gasoline. In our experience, the best-selling engine is clearly the 1.6 T-GDI. There is a relatively good selection in Czech advertising, even with a price limit of half a million crowns.


Even the oldest specimens of the current Tucson are less than five years old. So you shouldn’t be surprised by Hyundai’s generous, five-year warranty. Of course, provided that the car drove regularly to the service (calmly to a specialist). Overall, however, this car is exemplary and reliable. When an SUV, feel free to tucson.


  • Even the oldest cars are still under warranty
  • Durable mechanics
  • Great diesel two-liter
  • 7-speed 7DCT transmission
  • Comfortable driving characteristics
  • Often rich equipment
  • Surprisingly small drop in value
  • It can have all-wheel drive
  • Cab processing


  • Expensive some original parts
  • Not suitable for fast driving (clumsiness in corners)
  • 7DCT gearbox is not suitable for towing trailers (up to 2200 kg braked for two liters)
  • So far, limited has been offered components from mass production


Hyundai attracts the rejuvenated i30 N. Most people don’t appreciate the main novelty, the others do

It’s been some Friday since the rejuvenation of the i30. The standard version is a must-see for the i30 N sports facelift in both body variants.

The carmaker Hyundai has officially shared with us the first photos of the rejuvenated sports hatchback i30 N. Although she still hasn’t shown it in daylight, the most important news can be read from the darkened photos.

We can notice the redesigned LED headlights with new graphics, more pronounced masks with N elements and a differently shaped bumper. The new lights are also at the rear, where we also find enlarged exhaust tailpipes and a more aggressive diffuser. It will also please the brand new 19-inch forged wheels, which, compared to the previous i30 N, help save 14 kilograms of unsprung weight.


The main novelty of the rejuvenated Hyundai i30 N is the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which will be offered alongside the six-speed manual. Selected journalists from Europe have already ridden in camouflaged prototypes (you can also see them in the photo gallery) and say that although the machine works almost flawlessly, they would prefer a manual transmission.

Do not expect any significant changes under the hood. The drive is still taken care of by a supercharged two-liter four-cylinder tuned to 184 kW and 202 kW for the Performance variant, respectively. In addition to the hatchback shown in the published photos, we can also look forward to a more attractive fastback. Officially, the sports novelty should be introduced in the next few days to weeks.


Hyundai Tucson (2020): Revolutionary design, extensive electrification and automatic parking

Hyundai Tucson is introduced in a new generation. The carmaker emphasizes its completely new design and range of engines, which is to be the most electrified in the compact SUV segment.

Hyundai Tucson is a compact SUV offered by the Korean brand since 2004. The second generation from 2009 to 2015 was known in Europe as ix35, but the subsequent third generation returned to the globally famous name. Now there is the fourth generation that wants to build on the success of its predecessors. Hyundai Tucson has sold over seven million units in its career.

Despite the successes of the last generation, the carmaker did not proceed with the evolution of its shapes, but with a complete revolution. The Hyundai Tucson is an expression of the new design direction of the Sensuous Sportiness brand (sensual sportiness), which is gradually evolving. The motif of a jewel (expressed by sharp edges) is repeated several times on the car, inspired by the Vision T concept from 2019.

Revolutionary design

The result is a very extravagant style, especially in terms of the front parts. The new Tucson has received unique headlights announced in advance, which optically turn into a radiator grille. Hyundai says that the car will be clearly distinguishable in such a busy segment as compact SUVs. The stern with optically interconnected tail lamps is similarly pronounced. The brand’s logo then moved to the rear window, the rear wiper to the roof spoiler, which is supposed to help the design cleanliness of the rear.

On the contrary, in terms of dimensions, not much has changed. However, the Tucson grew slightly when it was 20 mm longer, 15 mm wider and 5 mm taller with a length of 4,500 mm, a width of 1,865 mm and a height of 1,650 mm. The wheelbase then stretched by 10 mm to 2,680 mm, while the boot provides a volume of up to 620 liters, depending on the variant.

Hyundai Tucson – comparison of dimensions with the competition
Model Hyundai Tucson Citroën C5 Aircross Ford Kuga Kia Sportage Škoda Karoq VW Tiguan
Length (mm) 4500 4500 4614 4485 4382 4509
Width (mm) 1865 1969 1882 1855 1841 1839
Height (mm) 1650 1654 1666 1645 1603 1675
Wheelbase (mm) 2680 2730 2710 2670 2638 2678
Luggage capacity (l) to 620 580 to 645 to 503 521 615

The interior also went through a literal revolution. Hyundai calls it Interspace and is a state-of-the-art era. The central element is the screen of the multimedia system, which is not free-standing, but is again integrated into the center panel. It has a 10.25 “diagonal and is complemented below by touch controls for adjusting the car’s air conditioning and other functions. The Tucson follows the trend of the time and is the first serial Hyundai to rely on a full touch console.

The multimedia system does not lack the latest features. There is the possibility of mirroring the smartphone thanks to Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. The Last Mile Navigation function, when approaching the destination, sends the necessary data to the smartphone, so that the driver can only get to the destination from the parking lot, using mobile navigation. There is also synchronization with the calendar on the smartphone.

The instrument panel also changed when it lost its traditional chapel to emphasize airiness. it is also digital, also with a 10.25 “display. An interesting motif is the line surrounding the crew, which also incorporates ventilation vents. The automatic transmission is controlled by buttons on the center tunnel.

Extensive electrification of motors

Similarly, the engine offering, which Hyundai claims to be the most widely electrified in the Tucson segment, has adapted to the new era. Petrol and diesel mild hybrids are available, as well as full-hybrid and plug-in hybrid.

Let’s start with mild hybrids, which are supplemented by a 48V electrical network. There are two power versions to choose from, the supercharged 1.6 T-GDI four-cylinder petrol engine in the Smartstream series with 110 kW and 132 kW, which is complemented by the 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel (100 kW). While for petrol engines there will be a choice between a six-speed iMT manual with a clutch without mechanical coupling and a seven-speed two-clutch transmission. This will be available exclusively for the diesel sixteen.

The hybrid then relies on a combination of a supercharged four-cylinder 1.6 T-GDI with a 44.2 kW electric motor, a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery and a six-speed automatic transmission. The combined power of the device will be 169 kW. Later, a plug-in hybrid with a total output of 195 kW will arrive. We will find out more about it, but under the hood it will also have a supercharged petrol sixteen.

For opponents of electrification, we have good news that the new Tucson will continue to be available with conventional motors, without an auxiliary electric motor. Specifically, it will be a 1.6 T-GDI (110 kW) and a 1.6 CRDi (85 kW) paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

Hyundai Tucson – Technical data of offered engines
Motor 1.6 T-GDI HEV 1.6 T-GDI 48V 1.6 T-GDI 48V 1.6 CRDi 48V 1.6 T-GDI 1.6 CRDi
Tree 2WD {4WD} 2WD 2WD {4WD} 2WD {4WD} 2WD {4WD} 2WD
Displacement [cm3] 1598 1598 1598 1598 1598 1598
Cylinders / valves 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4
Greatest performance [kW] 169 110 132 100 110 85
Torque [N.m] 265 250 265 280 (320) 250 280
Transmission 6A 6M (7DS) 6M (7DS) 6M (7DS) 6M 6M
Max. speed [km/h] 193 189 205 {201} 180 189 175
Acceleration 0-100 km / h [s] 8,0 {8,3} 10,3 (9,6) 9,4 (9,0) (11,4) {11,6} 10,3 {10,6} 12,1

The chassis consists of a combination of MacPherson struts at the front and multi-element suspension at the rear. There are two types of chassis available, the conventional one is complemented by a solution with electronically controlled shock absorbers with different modes for different driving situations. The offer also includes all-wheel drive with different modes depending on the surface under the wheels. It will be available for both hybrid and petrol engines and mildhybrid turbodiesel.

Rich safety equipment

The new Tucson also thinks about security by adding several completely new security solutions. There are seven airbags, including the center between the front seats, which has already been offered by the new Toyota Yaris. The automatic braking function can now deal with imminent collisions at junctions, while the highway assistant combines the functions of adaptive cruise control, keeping the vehicle in the lane and recognizing traffic signs. The car can thus handle assisted driving if it manages to adapt to the maximum permitted speed.

Blind View Monitor then displays the image from the rear view cameras on the infotainment display when the blinker is started, to minimize the blind spot. And to top it off, Tucson will also warn of the imminent danger of people getting out of the vehicle or evaporating them remotely from the parking lot.

The new Hyundai Tucson is, as usual, a global model. It will start selling on the domestic Korean market later this month, and will go on sale in Europe at the end of 2020. At the beginning of next year, a plug-in hybrid version and a N Line trim level will follow. The Czech Hyundai plant in Nošovice will of course again take care of production for European markets.


the development phase is over

It’s just a matter of days. Hyundai will unveil its all-new Tucson on September 15. This fourth generation will be profoundly redesigned as evidenced by the first images published recently by the South Korean manufacturer. The SUV will indeed adopt a completely new design and a largely modernized interior.

To make us wait until its revelation, Hyundai announces today that its model has just successfully completed its development phase.

The Tucson “has just undergone its final tests and quality checks after a period of intensive development at Hyundai test centers as well as on test tracks and roads around the world,” says the brand.

Tested all over Europe

He notably surveyed the famous and demanding north loop of the Nürburgring (Nordschleife) before then being tested on the public roads of Europe in various and varied conditions: low temperature tests in Sweden, high temperature tests in the south of Spain and towing tests in the Alps (photo).

It was also tested on a dedicated test track in the Czech Republic. There, the “new Tucson had to demonstrate its qualities in extreme conditions and was put to the test in all kinds of scenarios,” says Hyundai. “And since this is a genuine SUV, the all-wheel drive, torque distribution, clutch controllability and low-end torque availability had to be tested and checked under various conditions.” builder.

And in all conditions

The brand’s engineers also took it on rough roads to check the rigidity of its body structure. They also drove the vehicle through the water to check that items such as underbody guards and mud flaps remained in place even at high speeds. In addition, they verified that the vehicle could easily cross fords of a depth of 20 to 30 centimeters.

“In addition, the parking brake, the system for maintaining the vehicle on hill (Autohold) and downhill speed control had to demonstrate their ability to resist on slopes with a gradient of between 30 and 45%.” Hyundai. “The testers also put a lot of strain on the clutch by throwing the vehicle down a steep hill to make sure it was ready for all the challenges of the day.” Now all that remains is to present it …

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Hyundai Creta has modestly updated, but it will not help competitors – Rossiyskaya Gazeta

The updated Hyundai Сreta crossover received a number of innovations in design and equipment, and also got hold of the previously unavailable Bi-2 configuration. What kind of musical novelty it is, and what bonuses it has, “RG” found out on the roads of Moscow and the Moscow region.

For four years of Russian sales, Hyundai Сreta became familiar and began to demand updates, and the developers gave the car what the army of fans was waiting for. Since, according to sociological research, the fans were more than satisfied with the appearance of the “Korean” assembled in St. Petersburg, the exterior and interior were only slightly corrected.

The lineup of motors and transmissions has remained completely low. It was decided to lure the client with new “chips” in the decoration and fresh trim levels. It was this “unique” – a crossover in musical performance of Bi-2 “RG” and took on the test, and I must say, we found a lot of nice little things in the restyled “five-door”.

Why suddenly Bi-2

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

At first you don’t understand where the connection of one of the older configurations to the musical group from Bobruisk came from.

The press release sparingly informs that the car is addressed to real rock lovers, plus the performance is obviously in short supply (only 1,000 of these machines will be produced). However, in spite of the name, you can not find any fancy musical system in the new product. But, having rummaged through multimedia, you are glad that Yandex.Navigator is now integrated into it.

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

More precisely, you will get access to all “Yandex services” if you connect your smartphone to the on-board system. Then you can, for example, plan a route by pressing the voice command button on the steering wheel spoke. Or, if it’s more convenient for you, type text on the 7-inch touchscreen in the Yandex search box.

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

There is also an excellent rear-view camera with trajectory tips and an informative “tidy”, which is even good that it has not changed – the display can display, for example, speed data or information on consumption – useful and clear.

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

And yet restyling in relation to the new musical version is more in terms of appearance and partly driving performance. Perhaps the main feature of such a car is the 17-inch wheels with beautiful light-alloy wheels. For all the other Cretas, you can get a maximum of 16-inch counterparts.

It is clear that with a lower profile rubber, the “Korean” rushes more recklessly, but on the other hand, the suspension reads more road flaws. The smoothness of the ride, however, hardly suffers. It is better to avoid only thoroughly broken roads on such a crossover, but only because it makes sense to save expensive wheel “casting”.

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

What other exclusive is provided? The new mesh radiator grille, no words, is very effective, but all the updated Creta have it. But the two-tone color of the body and the black theme in the exterior (roof rails, mirror housings, a large spoiler, an original diffuser in the rear bumper and an antenna fin on the roof) are already the privilege of the Bi-2 configuration car. I must say that this “blackening” looks dashing. Plus you get a function of static cornering lights, a keyless entry system with control keys in the front door handles, eyelash DRLs in the front optics and taillights with LEDs.

Korean feng shui

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

In the driver’s seat, you traditionally feel “at ease” – here after the update, nothing has changed. The steering wheel is not the most informative, but light (which is nice when parking) and is adjustable in two planes.

The armchairs are trimmed with pleasant eco-leather in all respects and support well the bodies of people of different constitutions. And one can only complain about the uncontested high landing – a kind of jeep “I sit high – I look far away”, but for many, especially for people of short stature, such architecture is a big plus. Also, the glazing area is large, and the mirrors are large, respectively, the review pleases. Tracking the situation in the city traffic is handy.

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

Behind – not a mansion, but if you are not Uncle Styopa, then you will not complain about the tightness. And if you are him, your knees will rest on the backs of the front seats. But there is plenty of room above your head. A more annoying minus is the absence of ventilation deflectors and any sockets in the back of the center armrest. At the same time, the air ducts to the “gallery” are brought out – they are mounted under the front seats.

Photo: Boris Zakharov / RG

The luggage compartment, taking into account the compact dimensions of the car, is quite generous in size – 402 liters, there are also “spare wheels” and secret places in the underground, and a folding raised floor can and should be used to divide the luggage compartment into sectors. We folded the split back of the sofa – and here’s a solid cargo area with a flat floor, albeit at a slight angle.

Fully equipped

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The Gentleman’s engine set is the well-known “aspirated” 1.6 liters (123 hp) and 2 liters. (150 hp). The test crossover with a top-end power unit did not impress with throttle response and explosive dynamics.

In my subjective opinion, if you plan to move mainly around the city, you can save money and take a car with an initial engine. Its crossover is enough. The advantages of a 2-liter engine are manifested mainly on the track, when you need to quickly overtake a truck, and off-road – after all, 192 Nm of thrust is preferable to 151 Nm, when the task is to overcome a couple of kilometers on a country road soggy from the rain.

By the way, after a series of upgrades, the “Korean” has something to please just outside the asphalt.

For example, in four-wheel drive cars, you can lock the electronic clutch with a button on the center console, and also disable ESP and traction control. There is also a descent assist system. The rest will be done by good off-road geometry – short overhangs and a ground clearance of 190 mm. Of course, this is not a frame SUV with interlocks and “lowering”, but many colleagues in the shop do not even have such an arsenal.

In the city, Creta impresses with its coziness and predictability. The car reacts briskly enough to the “gas” at the “bottom”, and this is a boon in city traffic. The 6-band “automatic” is more thoughtful than preselective boxes and variators from a number of competitors, but you have an honest pick-up after a half-second delay in kick-down. The acceleration effect is easy to calculate. In general, you won’t have to complain about the low speed, but don’t expect “jet” acceleration, like in cars with turbo engines.

If you go to the “dalnyak”, Creta, again, will not cause any inconvenience. Of course, this is not a Granturer – for the coveted tenacity characteristic of larger cars, it has a short wheelbase. But the car holds the road with dignity, does not prowl and effectively slows down. Noise isolation after restyling, alas, did not get better. The main source of parasitic noise is in the area of ​​the wheel arches. And when working at high revs, the senior “aspirated” also voices. Fuel consumption, let’s say, is acceptable – about 9 l / 100 km on the highway. Within the city limits, it increases only by a liter. However, you can officially save money – you can easily fill up with 92nd gasoline.

What do we have in the bottom line? A balanced car that was, is and will be a bestseller. The attractive price will continue to contribute to Creta’s success. The most affordable option with an initial 1.6-liter engine and “mechanics” is estimated at 990 thousand rubles.

The crossover in the new version Bi-2 is offered only with a top-end 2-liter engine, respectively, the front-wheel drive version will cost 1,487,000 rubles, and the 4×4 version – 1,567,000 rubles. The equipment in the latter case will be generous, and you are unlikely to get the feeling that you have overpaid. Among other things, on board will be, for example, a leather interior, 6 airbags, climate control, a light sensor, an engine start button, a warm package (heated front windshield, all seats, mirrors, steering wheel, washer nozzles) and much more.


Hyundai revolutionizes the Tucson and projects it into the future

Audacity is the first note that can be grasped in the work of the Hyundai designers, who wanted to create a world SUV appreciated everywhere for its originality and out of the ordinary. The basic concept is called “Parametric Dynamics” and creates numerous solutions thanks to the harmony inherent in digital data: longer bonnet, wider track, new tailgate and sporty cut, but also corners, surfaces, shadows create an unprecedented design for the Korean house. The daytime running lights also follow this concept (Parametric Hidden Lights), and we are only on the outside.

Yes, because the interiors of the New Tucson promise other surprises. Hyundai calls the cabin “Interspace”, as if to communicate the charge of modernity of the environments. There’s a new dual cockpit layout, which offers a customized and optimized space for a high-tech onboard experience. The lowered dashboard distorts the classic upper housing of the instrument panel, to leave the surfaces in contact with the windscreen “clean”, enhancing the feeling of spaciousness. The interior design seems to envelop the passengers, while the central strip is oriented vertically to give the peaceful and relaxing idea of ​​a waterfall.